I am inspired by black women writers. Mohale Mashigo has produced a hauntingly gorgeous debut novel. Reading this has left me bitter about how very extremely underrated this book is! She should have swept all the awards of 2016. While there were parts of the book that I felt were unnecessary (I didn't enjoy the Rainbow nation style of writing there) these are outweighed by how the past and present are beautifully juxtaposed. The chapter titles remind me of Faulkner. I think she's brave if she read Faulkner. I mean Toni did that so I wouldn't have to. If you're interested in a gripping summer read (I failed to put this down), this is it!
Although I do love poetry I am also not a big fan of it. It's hard for me to access it or relate to it sometimes therefore I don't own many poetry books save for these two. But it's hard not to acknowledge the beauty of poetry either! 😸
#octobookchallenge Poetry Love
Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.
Genre: Crime/ fiction
Author : John le carre
When your almost 8 year old (sniff-how is this happening so fast 💙😢) comes running in telling you that he just finished ‘Matilda’-and it’s your childhood original copy-and how much he loved it. #ohhappyday 😍. I’ve often mentioned how much he’s my non-fiction lover (exhibit A: he spent this morning poring over the ‘Atoms’ section of the Usborne Science Encyclopedia 🤓) but I knew if any fiction author would draw him in, it’d be Roald Dahl. Am I the only parent who jumps for joy when their kids finished certain books?! 🙈 Please share yours so I know I’m not alone 🤗 #livingbythepage
Good morning and happy Monday, lovelies 💕
I handed in a paper and a big homework assignment this morning, so I'm feeling a heavy weight lifted off my shoulders (which will last 2 days, max) and I think I might be able to schedule in some down time today! Woohoo 🎉
How was your weekend? Did you read any really great books or do anything fun?
Have a good start to your week, my friends 😘
#startwriting "Seré honesta contigo. Mi mayor verdad es que mi primer libro publicado no va a estar a la altura de las altas expectativas que tienes para él". ***************************
Hoy te cuento 10 verdades que todo escritor debe saber. ¿Pateamos las dudas juntos? (Link en bio)
The next installment in The Diviners series got released recently, and my wait is finally over!! I really wanna start Before the Devil Breaks You because some of the quotes/ snippets I've seen have been so intriguing!
Lair of Dreams wasn't as great of a favorite for me as The Diviners, but I'm so excited to see where this story goes ESPECIALLY with how LOD ended.
I think my honest favorite part of LOD was when the whole squad finally met, and then also when the Memphis, Sam, Evie, and Theta got separated with the person they don't know- UGH PURE GOLD! I'm sorry for being so vague, but I don't wanna spoil. 😂
Also this story is actually pretty diverse (especially since it takes place in the 1920's) with a biracial character, interracial couple, gay male, Jewish immigrant, two black males with probably the strongest abilities of the group (in my opinion), and even more. Libba Bray could've factored in an all white/ straight cast because it's the early 1900's in the U.S., but instead she added a variety to the group, which honestly just makes it so much more entertaining/ great.
My favorite character is hands down Memphis because he's too precious for this world, and also is a freaking amazing poet! Now I just need to buy the third book 😂🤷♀️ whenever I get the time.
Edit: Also in terms of my OTP Memphis and Theta- I AM SO NERVOUS ABOUT WHAT THETA FOUND BACK IN HER CHANGING ROOM AFTER EVERYTHING!!! I'm freaking out, and she hassss to tell Memphis so he can help her!
For all you #romantics tired of the monotonous and trivial nature of viral content, I continue to offer you an #escape : two of my #poems "The Stars" and "New Worlds" have been published in @literaryshanghai's Alluvium Journal. Read them here http://bit.ly/2la3uUB
Happy Monday everyone ❤️
I finished The Leavers last night and gave it 4 stars. It took me almost 2 weeks to finish it but I enjoyed it the whole way through. It's about a boy named Deming, a Chinese boy who grew up with white adoptive parents in New York after his mother, Polly vanished when he was a child. This is a book about belonging, identity and wanting to be wanted.
I often find with character driven literary fiction a lot of the smaller characters aren't developed enough and they kind of seem like they could all be the same person. In The Leavers, the reader gets a clear picture of every character and each one stands out.
This book is told from Daniel and Polly's perspective. Both narratives were compelling and I never found myself rushing to get to the other's point of view. I loved getting Daniels perspective on growing up as a Chinese boy with white parents who wanted to help but did it in all of the wrong ways. I loved reading what it's like to grow up as a visible minority with very few people of your own culture to identify with. Watching this story unwind was a compelling, sad, but also happy journey and I highly recommend this
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I've started THREE DARK CROWNS this week! YA Fantasy makes for great October reading, and my unintentional theme for October has become "books with black covers" so this one fits in perfectly 😂🖤 Have you read it? 📖
But if somewhere along your spiritual journey
you consult your Google maps
to find that maybe you missed
your last exit to Status Town,
don’t let it get you down.
‘Cause more than any Malibu beach house
you need to set your sights
on that transference to pure space
the place where you can feel
And even though you’re tired from your many journeys
you must still find the energy
to transform yourself into
an Echo Park Lake lotus flower
that can be offered to the Buddha of Complete Joy.
for this is the Buddha
that will keep you moving toward the lights:
the spotlights slashing your afterlife skies.
These are the lights calling you to the greatest premiere of all
the eternal party
where you are the star,
where you are walking down the red carpet,
where you are smiling and waving to the cameras,
and we as your adoring friends and fans
can’t help but hang on to your every word,
your every action,
wondering what you will say,
and where you will go next.
from “The Los Angeles Book of The Dead” by @fergiebeat #richferguson "sleepless" by #kengarduno#losangeles#photographer#photo#photooftheday#love#igpoetry#poetry#poems#poetrycommunity#poetsofinstagram#poet#art#woman#time#fiction#writer#writers#writersofinstagram#desire#artwork